Global dividends in 2020

A recent report showed that global dividend payments held up much better than those in the UK in 2020.

A recent report showed that global dividend payments held up much better than those in the UK in 2020.

Chart showing change in dividend rates (USD)
Source: Janus Henderson

For investors in UK shares and funds investing in UK companies, 2020 was a grim year when it came to dividends. The pandemic cast a long shadow over the pay outs to investors:

The picture outside the UK was recently brought into focus in the latest edition of Janus Henderson’s Global Dividend Index, which covered the final quarter of 2020 and the year as a whole. It showed that:

The Global Dividend Index demonstrates that globally diversified investment can produce different returns from an investment portfolio focused on the UK, despite the UK’s many multinational companies. By the end of 2020, the long-standing reign of ‘UK All-Companies’ as the largest investment fund sector had been ended by the ‘Global’ sector.

The value of your investment and the income from it can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Investing in shares should be regarded as a long-term investment and should fit in with your overall attitude to risk and financial circumstances.

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